As many Americans are choosing to live a nomadic lifestyle, RV sales are soaring. Let’s take a closer look at this new lifestyle many have embarked upon.
WHY DO PEOPLE PREFER RVs OVER OTHER FORMS OF LONG-TERM TRAVEL?
There are numerous options for long-term travel in the United States. People have lived in their cars, embarked on the #vanlife, and even survived by going from one vacation rental to the next. However, most people would prefer to live in an RV over these other ways of drift living. But why is that?
The simple answer, in a nutshell, was space. But, here are some other reasons as well.
Keep all of your typical conveniences: Many who desire to travel more don’t want to give up the comforts of rooms like a bathroom, living room, and kitchen. Going from living in a home to van life might be too big of a shock for some. However, RVs offer a way to enjoy this lifestyle with many of the conveniences of having a home. For the amount of time they expected to be on the road, it made sense to buy a larger, more comfortable option.
Friends and family can visit: Many RVers entered the lifestyle intending to invite family and friends to come and travel with them. A larger space, such as an RV, could persuade more people to do so.
Partners require space to do their own thing: Having only one room does not work for many couples, whether they need space to work artistically or to hold simultaneous professional meetings.
Most travelers want a place that actually feels like home. One of the main reasons people choose RV living is to have something to return to at the end of the day that feels like a home, rather than simply a suitcase or a small vehicle.
What KING OF RV SHOULD YOU BUY?
While choosing an RV is a very personal decision, there are a few things that everyone should think about. For example, if you plan to go across the country and experience mountains, you will need an RV with enough power to do that without issues. Also, if you plan to be in cities, you might want something that is easier to tow, such as a fifth wheel.
Also, consider where you plan to park your RV. If you are going to be in areas where you might not feel safe, you might want an RV similar to a motorhome style, so you never have to leave the vehicle.
You will also want to consider the age of the RV. A newer vehicle will most likely require fewer inside upgrades. On the other hand, older RV electronics may be easier to maintain for folks with limited RV understanding. Newer rigs are generally more complex. To do any repairs, you often need to visit a dealership, which can be inconvenient and expensive.
There are lots of things to consider when considering doing the RV lifestyle. Things from how you will survive or, in other words, how you will make a living. You will need to determine where you want to travel and what type of RV would be best for you. Also, consider what things you might need to travel with you, such as a first aid kit, tools, pots and pans, clothing, etc. You will have limited space, so choose wisely. RV Living is something that not everyone will enjoy, but those that embark on it really seem to really love it.